Kicking off this week in the Iranian capital of Tehran, about 1500 women from 80 different countries joined the Women and Islamic Awakening International Conference to discuss the impact of women have had in bringing down despotic rulers through the Middle East during the Arab Spring.
The Tehran Times, the English-language voice of the Islamic Revolution, reported on the start of the conference yesterday, which was mainly a summary of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s criticism of Zionism and the West. For a more balanced news summary, watch the video below.
From a Western perspective, it’s difficult to imagine what a women’s conference would be like in a country like Iran, considering we’re often misinformed about what goes on inside the country. In fact, travel guru Rick Steves agrees, saying it’s the most misunderstood country he’s ever visited.